Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Take Action: WikiLeaks Exposes U.S. Militarization of Middle East

There it is--in black and white--in one of the WikiLeaks State Department cables. A senior Israeli military official, discussing U.S. military aid to Israel totaling $30 billion from 2009 to 2018, who acknowledged:

"the sometimes difficult position the U.S. finds itself in given its global interests, and conceded that Israel's security focus is so narrow that its...concerns often clash with broader American security interests in the region."

Sec. Clinton and PM Netanyahu TAKE ACTION NOW: Put U.S. Interests-- Not Israel's--First! Photo: AP / Mary Altaffer

The cables released so far shed light on behind-the-scenes struggles between Israel's quest for complete military dominance in the Middle East versus the U.S. desire to saturate the entire region with a flood of high-tech weapons.

Read more about the WikiLeaks revelations in this article published yesterday in the Huffington Post by our National Advocacy Director, Josh Ruebner.

WikiLeaks has done a great service in exposing in detail how U.S. diplomacy is geared toward flooding the Middle East with weapons, fueling a never-ending arms race, abetting Israel's crimes against innocent Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, maintaining U.S. wars that have cost hundreds of billions of dollars.

This war spending deprives our own communities of resources for unmet human needs such as health care, affordable housing, education and job training.

It's up to us as civil society, to rein in our government's flooding of both Israel and the entire region with weapons. As President Jimmy Carter wisely stated:

"We cannot be both the world's leading champion of peace and the world's leading supplier of the weapons of war."

Here's what you can do:

  1. President Obama is preparing his budget request for FY2012. It's expected to include a record-breaking $3.075 billion in military aid to Israel. Congress needs to make some tough spending choices to cut the deficit and debt. Tell your Members of Congress that your hard-earned tax dollars should go toward human needs in your community rather than more weapons for Israel, which it misuses to oppress Palestinians.
  2. "Offset" your estimated average bill this year--$19.19--for U.S. military aid to Israel by making a tax-deductible contribution to support our work to end U.S. military aid to Israel. "Offset" the bills for military aid for each member of your family and on behalf of friends. Visit to look up how much money your city provides in military aid to Israel and "offset" that amount.
  3. Commit to a new year of educating and organizing people in your community to end U.S. military aid to Israel and redirect that money to unmet needs here at home. Sign up to receive an organizing packet to get you started.